IBM/TurboHercules can be resolved with license; no need for abolition
Posted Oct 1, 2010 17:58 UTC (Fri) by FlorianMueller
In reply to: IBM/TurboHercules can be resolved with license; no need for abolition
Parent article: Red Hat Responds to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Request for Guidance on Bilski
So, any claims that MySQL was the only show in town is just nonsense. And that seems to be the main plank of his argument.
How much more absurd can those claims of things I said or implied get?
I never said MySQL was the only show in town. I never implied. On the contrary, I'm well aware of PostgreSQL. My own online gaming startup used it in the late 1990s. I also mentioned it in my position paper on MySQL's acquisition by Oracle and discussed it throughout the merger control process.
How can someone arrive at such an unbelievable conclusion? It's unfathomable. It calls into question someone's good-faith intention to discuss the issues on a reasonable basis.
What I said is that MySQL AB (the company, including the predecessor whose assets it acquired) developed MySQL, so someone wanting to use MySQL needed something developed by MySQL AB, while someone using Linux back at the time we used SuSE didn't need anything from Red Hat.
I repeat, for the few here who are reading-impaired and simply type before they read and think: MySQL AB was needed for MySQL. Not for SQL as a whole. That one predates MySQL AB, obviously.
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